Points of Unity
Building a National Bureaucracy
Anti-Imperialism & Internationalism
As US residents, it is our responsibility to reign in the most destructive military force on the planet. We advocate a revolutionary defeatist position, where our role as socialists in the imperial core is to oppose all US international interventions and weaken the US military in any way possible. We hold this responsibility not only to our comrades abroad who suffer under American imperialism, but also to our comrades at home (particularly those who are Black and/or Indigenous), who suffer under increased police brutality enabled by military-grade equipment.
Role of caucuses
As DSA’s big tent continues to grow, we have seen the formation of more and more caucuses around the natural ideological tent poles which underpin the direction of the organization. Caucuses are essential to forming the guideposts for discussion, deliberation, and debate within the organization. However, caucuses have also grown into sources of factionalism, division, and uneven membership development. When a caucus puts their political line above the healthy growth and development of membership, we risk sidelining effective work in favor of factional infighting. Caucuses also reveal the ways in which DSA lacks accessible methods for members to find information about the organization as well as get plugged into work.
Approaching the mass party horizon
Over the last few years, DSA has been propelled into becoming the largest socialist organization in the United States largely due to momentous electoral campaigns that brought socialists into public office. We believe that our electoral work is most effective in building a strong socialist movement when we run candidates to win, focus on building long-term working class organization, and, once in office, make every attempt possible to pass legislation that benefits our class.
Towards a Diverse ydsa
YDSA members who want to diversify the organization face obstacles at both the local level and those at the national level. At the local level, many problems emerge for YDSA chapters that start out as groups of friends, and thus tend to attract people who are similar to those already involved in the chapter. In these chapters, we often see the development of exclusionary and harmful practices, whether chapter leaders are aware or not. Discussion also can become male-dominated and harmful. These are further exacerbated without intentional integration and onboarding.
Building the labor struggle on campus
As a campus organization, our focus for labor organizing should revolve around the campus unions, or lack thereof, and the unions in our local communities. Supporting a union on your campus can be an incredible tool for building the capacity of a chapter. The connections gained by showing solidarity can strengthen future campaigns the chapter runs. Our national infrastructure should be configured to ensure that chapters are equipped and ready to carry out these campaigns and learn from them. It should also facilitate relationships between YDSA and DSA chapters nearby each other, since DSA chapters have been instrumental to the success of strike solidarity work in our organization (such as in the month-long Starbucks strike in Boston and the student worker’s strike at various UC campuses).
An integrated and democratic ydsa
The movement for socialism will be stronger with greater integration, coordination and unity. Division and independence within our organization undermine the whole. This is especially true of the situation of YDSA - as of right now, our organization’s youth and student wing is not consistently functioning as an integrated part of the whole, and that limits the potential of organizers on and off campuses.